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Division Director of General Pediatrics

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
Closing date
Mar 9, 2024

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The University of Virginia Department of Pediatrics and Division of General Pediatrics invite applications for Division Director of General Pediatrics. Academic pediatric generalists at the rank of Associate or Full Professor are encouraged to apply. This position may be tenure-eligible depending on the candidate’s credentials. The Division Director will lead the faculty in all clinical and academic mission areas, including clinical service, education of trainees at all levels, research program development, and administrative activities of all divisional programs. General responsibilities include coordinating and enhancing all clinical, academic and research activities of the Division. The Director will also be primarily responsible for creating and implementing the vision and goals for the Division, in alignment with the broader strategic plans for the Department of Pediatrics and UVA Health Children’s. Academic responsibilities include overseeing all divisional faculty, advancing their careers by providing professional and personal development opportunities, overseeing high-quality innovative training, supporting research activities for the division, and modeling a culture of inquiry to ensure active engagement in quality improvement, scholarly excellence and innovation in all missions. Administrative responsibilities include creating an environment of excellence and innovation in clinical practice that supports positive patient outcomes. Applicants with an active research program are preferred. The ideal candidate for the UVA General Pediatrics Division Director position is an established academic generalist with strong leadership skills. An active research program is desirable but not required. The Division Director will be expected to actively participate in clinical service.

Community outreach is a priority, and we are also dedicated academicians and scientists, engaged in research to better understand problems related to the care of children in order to develop innovative ways to prevent or treat these conditions. Among the faculty in our Division are national experts in SIDS research, Breastfeeding Medicine, Quality Improvement, and Medical Education.

UVA Health is a world-class academic medical center and health system with a level 1 trauma center, a NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center, Level IV NICU, and a Comprehensive Stroke Center. UVA is the number 1 rated Children’s Hospital in Virginia. Its footprint encompasses 4 hospitals and 2 physician groups with an integrated network of primary and specialty care clinics throughout Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson and Augusta counties, Culpeper, and Northern Virginia. Through its teaching and research, UVA Health continues to innovate and advance medicine while providing high-quality care.

 Founded in 1819 as just the 10th medical school in America, the University of Virginia School of Medicine (UVA School of Medicine) – with 21 clinical departments, 8 research departments, and 6 research centers – consistently attracts some of the nation’s most prominent researchers to develop breakthrough treatments that benefit patients around the world. Those research efforts are backed by more than $230 million in grant funding.

UVA Health is an academic health system that strives to provide excellence, innovation, and exceptional quality to the care of patients, the training of health professionals, and the creation and sharing of knowledge within a culture that promotes equity, diversity, and inclusivity. UVA Health is an expansive network comprised of the UVA Medical Center, UVA Community Hospitals, UVA Community Medical Group, UVA School of Nursing, UVA School of Medicine (SOM), University of Virginia Physicians Group, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, and other strategic partnerships and alliances.

Clinical Care

UVA Health prides itself on providing exemplary care to patients from across the Commonwealth of Virginia and the surrounding region. The Medical Center includes the flagship 696-bed Magnet® recognized University Hospital, which houses a Level I trauma center, the UVA Children's Hospital, the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center, the Charles Strickler Transplant Center, and more than 100 primary and specialty care clinics. The UVA Medical Center has received national accolades for outstanding clinical service in several disciplines, including oncology, cardiovascular, and women and children's services.

UVA Health facts and statistics (click link for more information about UVA Health clinic care)

 Newly announced June 2023:

  • UVA Health Children’s is the No. 1 children's hospital in Virginia for the third consecutive year as ranked by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Among children’s hospitals, UVA was ranked by U.S. News & World Report:

o #23 in neonatology

o #29 in pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery

o #32 in pediatric nephrology (kidney care)

o #34 in pediatric diabetes and endocrinology

o #34 in pediatric orthopaedics

o #36 in pediatric cardiology and heart surgery

o #38 in pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery

o #40 in pediatric neurology and neurosurgery

o #43 in pediatric urology


As part of its mission to provide excellence and innovation in patient care, the UVA School of Medicine engages talented researchers and trainees, and promotes and facilitates cutting-edge biomedical research. The School of Medicine consistently attracts some of the nation's most prominent researchers to develop fundamental scientific breakthroughs that can be translated for the benefit of patients across the Commonwealth and beyond.

Recent major research highlights and accolades


Education is essential to UVA Health's goal of preparing future medical leaders to provide quality clinical care, advance medical research, and foster an environment of integrity and respect for both patients and physicians.

UVA School of Medicine Education

 Clinical research:

UVA SOM has an active and vibrant clinical research enterprise. The UVA human subjects institutional review board (IRB) is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP) and as such can act as the IRB of record for multi-site investigator initiated trials; the UVA IRB also accepts National Cancer Institute (NCI) Central Institutional Review Board (CIRB) protocols. The SOM is served by two clinical research offices, the Office for Clinical Research (OCR) in the Cancer Center and the Clinical Trials Office (CTO) in the SOM, as well as a clinical trials management system (CTMS, OnCore) and a robust trial start up program (CR Connect). There are 2 investigational pharmacies.

Diversity and Inclusion

UVA Health recognizes that diversity and inclusion are paramount to providing excellent and equitable care and training, and is taking proactive steps to create a more inclusive and diverse environment. Much work is ongoing to educate team members on recognizing, responding to, and managing discriminatory behavior (including but not limited to racism, sexism), and bullying behaviors. Through a series of institutional and departmental steps, the School of Medicine has undertaken a focused effort to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion among trainees and faculty. The SOM’s progress in increasing diversity has been nationally acknowledged. For example, it has received the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine for ten (2012-2021) consecutive years. The UVA Medical Center has been named a Health Equality Leader by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for equitable treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer patients and team members. UVA’s Health Equality Index (a nationally recognized benchmarking tool to gauge progress in serving the unique needs and expectations of LGBTQ patients) climbed from 60/100 in 2017 to 100/100 in 2019 and recently again scored 100/100 in 2022.


The position is open to individuals with M.D. or D. O. degrees and candidates must be eligible for appointment to the University of Virginia faculty. The position is for tenure or non-tenure tracks at the professor or associate professor rank as appropriate.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position please follow

Please complete your application online and attach the following documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV/resume
  • A statement of contributions or potential contributions to the UVA Health ASPIRE Values
  • The names, titles and contact information, including email, for three references

For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. James Nataro at For questions about the application process, please contact UVA HR at 

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physicians Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, and family medical or genetic information.

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